Mineral Monday: Native Copper

This week, explore the Keck Museum's extensive native copper collection.

The Keck Museum has two cases of native copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula on display.


1/29/2018 | By: Jennifer Sande |

The College of Science weekly video series, Mineral Monday, explores the many minerals fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum as told by curator Garrett Barmore. This week's episode explores the Keck Museum's two cases of native copper from the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan.

copper nugget

Native copper – similar to a nugget of gold – is a nugget of copper. The copper crystals form as either dodecahedron or octahedron shapes.

copper nugget

The earliest metallurgy and harvesting of copper was about 7,000 years ago by Native Americans.

native copper button

Located in the Mackay School of Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

The first 25 visitors to mention this episode will receive a Mineral Monday: Native Copper button! For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck

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